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For me, it makes anything tasty - including burgers. Great with cheese and cream cheese. All cheese requires some fruity accompaniment. Really fine as a meat glaze. Heck, I dip my breakfast hard-boiled egg in some, and put some on scrambled eggs. I put some on rice too. It's not for little children.
Are not just for breads and toast. I think, best of all with cheese and meat. Or cream cheese or yoghurt. Not to forget on crepes and Swedish Pancakes.And venison requires a jam or jelly on the side just as pork requires applesauce. Lean meats need a kicker.
For me, best on ham, chicken, or turkey sammiches. Also good with the things listed here.
Supposedly used for scones, but I like it on fresh fruit or I won't eat the fruit - except raspberries
Irish cheddar w chutney sandwiches
Chutney dollop on smoked salmon on cracker for canapé
Chutney glaze at last minute on broiled chicken
Chutney w searingly spicy vindaloo lamb curr
Chutney to make boring meatloaf tastier
Use it to replace half the fat in a muffin recipe. Muffins are just cupcakes, but the apple butter will make them yummier.
Spread on bottom of pie crust when making apple pie
to give more intense apple flavor
Make apple newtons (only works if you have cooked it very dry: make circular sugar cookies and sandwich w apple butter.
Use it as an icing on a plain yellow cake instead of those sicky sweet things made w confectioner's sugar (again: must be cooked thick and relatively dry)
Make ham roll ups (pig w apple in mouth) for cocktail tray w apple butter in middle
Tea sandwiches w pepperidge farm white bread w crusts cut off
Roll up a pork roast w apple butter, garlic and mustard (tie w string) mmmm
Or just serve apple butter on the side w any pork meal
Can't imagine having good jam, jelly, or apple butter and using it on anything besides a hot biscuit. The comments about pepper sauce and pepper jelly remind me of two of my favorite things: relishes and chow-chow. There's no meat or beans (especially white beans or black-eyed peas) that aren't improved by a good relish. Fine Relishes
I put a jar of jam atop my favorite ricotta tart. Tart recipe: Line tart or pie pan with favorite pie crust. Filling: 1 lb ricotta, 2 large eggs, 1/4 cup sugar, 1 tsp vanilla. Mix well; spread in crust. Bake at 350 for 60 minutes. Pull out of oven and spread a jar of jam over the top - 8 oz or so will do. Pop back in the oven for 10 minutes.
Also good if you top the filling with sliced fruit before you bake it. Pears, plums, figs, peaches... All good.